How to Calculate Steel Pipe Weight by Size

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Steel pipe unit weight (kg/m or lb/ft) is an important description that shall be specified in the purchase order. Then how to calculate the steel pipe weight per foot or per meter?

Through pipe weight and total quantity meters we will get the whole weight for the pipe request. Steel pipe unit weight is another way to express the pipe size schedule, calculate the maximum pressure of the pipe, and do the budget for the whole line pipe project.

How to calculate steel pipe per foot or meter

Basically, there are two ways to calculate steel pipe weight per foot or per meter.

One is to calculate according a steel pipe weight formula.

Another way is to find from steel pipe weight chart.

How to calculate the weight of steel pipe by formula

The steel pipe unit weight (kg/m or lb/ft) shall be calculated according to below formula.

kg/m is kilograms per meter

lb/ft is pounds per foot

P1= t(D-t)*C

D is the specified outside diameter, expressed in millimeters (inches)

t is the specified wall thickness, expressed in millimeters (inches)

C is 0.02466 for calculations in SI units and 10.69 for calculations in USC units.

Please note: The steel pipe nominal weight is that the product of its length and its mass per unit length (Per foot or per meter)

For example: The description of API 5L seamless steel line pipe, Outer Diameter is 6 5/8 inch (168.3 mm), Pipe Wall Thickness is SCH 40 (7.11 mm or 0.280 inch), length 12 meters.

Then the unit pipe weight kg/m, 7.11 x (168.3-7.11) x 0.02466 = 28.26 kg/m

Unit steel pipe weight lb per foot is 0.28 x (6-0.28) x 10.69 = 18.99 lb/ft